Speaking of Family

July 31, 2011

I’m back!  And right before I have to leave again, too.  BlogHer11 is just four days away!

I haven’t been writing this week because I just didn’t have it in me.  On top of preparing for my new life as a pirate (a transition that will take place in just a few short weeks), my little Hayden has been sick.


I thought summer was supposed to give us a break from illness?

He ran fever for 6 1/2 days.  Not just I’m-grumpy-and-tired fever, but 105-degree-please-hold-me-but-don’t-touch-me kind fever.

And after two strep tests and a chest xray, it was still a virus.

This was a long week for our entire family.

Speaking of family, last week Hayden’s school had a theme of family.  They made family-related art and read family-related books.  When the teachers asked, “What is a family?”  the kids’ answers were recorded  and sent home for the parents’ entertainment.

Most of the answers were typical responses like “a bunch of people who live together” or “a step brother and step sister” or “a sharky family.”

My son?

His answer to “What is a family?”

It’s the place where the lions are.  It’s stuff where you go somewhere.

Yeah, I don’t know, either.



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11 Responses to Speaking of Family

  1. Ginger on July 31, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    Oh, that gave me the best laugh. That kid is a crack up!


  2. Elly Lou on August 1, 2011 at 6:52 am

    I can’t believe I’m not going to be at Blogher to smother you in smooches and vagina jokes.


    thesweet Reply:

    I know! So sad that I will not get to rub your belly and laugh with you about your drool, although your absence is completely understandable.


  3. Alex@LateEnough on August 1, 2011 at 10:24 am

    You are totally a family of lions.

    Glad he’s feeling better.


    thesweet Reply:



  4. Joanie on August 1, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    Had to laugh out loud! A belly laugh!


  5. Motpg on August 2, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    Nothing is worse than being sick in summer! Your sweet little guy : ) Could he mean families do things together?

    Have a Wonderful time at Bogher!


    thesweet Reply:

    Perhaps… or that I resemble a mother lion gone mad.


  6. joann mannix on August 7, 2011 at 8:15 am

    Okay, so that’s where the lion people are! I’ve been wondering, you know, where the lions are.

    My daughter answered a similar question when she was small with, “Where the feta cheese lives.”

    She’s 20 now and sometimes her answers still make about that much sense.

    I wish we were a sharky family. That would be awesome.


    thesweet Reply:

    Well, you know they way to anyone’s heart is through the stomach. Feta cheese rocks.


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